MTN boosts Zambian football
TELECOMS| July 2, 2012, 2:19 p.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Mobile service provider MTN Zambia will this year provide K2.4 billion on the sponsorship of the Zambia national soccer team and the 16 teams in the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Super Division.
MTN brands and communication manager Leonard Kawanu announced the package at a press briefing at Football House in Lusaka yesterday.
The Super Division champions will get K250 million, runners-up K100 million, footballer-of-the-year K25 million, top scorer K20 million, most disciplined player K15 million and K20 million for the coach-of-the-year.
The Young Player of the Year and the Referee of the Year will receive K15 million each.
Kawanu said K700 million will be disbursed to Super Division teams while K500 million will be paid to FAZ for administrative purposes.
Kawanu said Super Division teams excluding the champions and runners-up will share K250 million according to league standings among other beneficiaries.
MTN Zambia hopes the sponsorship will motivate Super Division teams to play competitive football that will allow player to break into the international football.
“We would like to see a situation where players from the local league begin to break ground and launch onto the international market and this will only happen if they are motivated enough to play competitively,” Kawanu said. He said there was need to invest more in sports for the country to win major competitions.
The company pledged its commitment to supporting football in Zambia as demonstrated by the fact that this year alone the company will be spending K2.4 billion on the national soccer team and Super Division.
But FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo has appealed to MTN to consider revising the sponsorship package for next season.
Mwamelo said: “I know when the memorandum of understanding was signed last year, Zambia was just another team but now that we are African champions, there is need for MTN to revise the sponsorship to reflect our status.”
MTN and FAZ last year signed a lucrative K7 billion sponsorship deal for the Zambia National Soccer team and Super Division.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Samsung: Nigeria a strategic marketSamsung Electronics West Africa says the Nigerian market is strategic to its business in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
Ivory Coast builds 2 000 km fibre optic networkA 2 000 km fibre optic network is currently under construction in Ivory Coast, 1 600km of which will connect western and north-western parts of the country and 600 km to interlink cities and towns located in the north-eastern regions. Read More
TNM introduces new mobile internet servicesTelekom Networks Malawi (TNM), one if the country's two mobile phones services provider, on Wednesday stepped up another gear in its mobile internet services with the launch of what the company is calling 'Revolutionary Smart Data Package'. Read More
Airtel, British Council sign digital learning MOUAirtel Malawi has signed a three-year-long partnership with the British Council that will connect primary school classrooms in the country with ICT facilities. Read More
Burkina Faso makes available 20m new mobile numbersBurkina Faso has made available about 20 million new mobile numbers to help operators allocate them to their potential new users. Read More
NCC, NESREA close ranks on setbacks for BTSThe NCC and the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency have harmonised their position on the appropriate setback distance for new telecoms BTS. Read More
Huawei to build Congo-Gabon networkHuawei has won the contract to build a fibre optic network that will interconnect Congo Brazzaville and Gabon. Read More
MTN Ghana wins ICT company of the year awardMTN Ghana, the leading telecommunications company in Ghana, has been adjudged the best Information Communication Technology Company of the Year at the 3rd edition of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Awards. Read More
Airtel to divest Zambia, Rwanda tower assets to IHSBharti Airtel Limited today announced agreements under which IHS will acquire over 1,100 telecoms towers across Zambia and Rwanda. Read More
Togo’s 3rd mobile operator to be disclosed in 2015The identity of Togo’s third mobile operator will only be made public in 2015, the government said. Read More
FEATURED STORYPWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some
PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.